November 26, 2008

Update on Bullet Serialization

During the past week the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) — the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry — has received inquires concerning state legislation that would require the serialization of ammunition on a mass production basis.

Bullet serialization — the process by which each individual round of ammunition is identified and marked with a laser engraved serial number — is not feasible from a practical standpoint and any legislation mandating such action could rightfully be considered a de facto ban on ammunition.

While legislation has been introduced in more than 20 states, NSSF has successfully defeated all of these bills. NSSF will continue to closely monitor state or federal legislation to require bullet serialization and will continue to issue Legislative Alerts to industry members and Second Amendment advocates in those states when bills are introduced or scheduled for a hearing or vote.

Demonstrating the effectiveness of the NSSF Legislative Alert system, several bullet serialization bill sponsors withdrew their bills immediately following public outcry stemming from the NSSF alerts — in the case of Kentucky, this was within 48 hours of the bill’s introduction.

To learn more about bullet serialization, please visit the NSSF Media Resources page.

To track bullet serialization legislation, and other legislation in your state, please visit the NSSF Legislative Action Center page.

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